Email: info@stpatricksns.ie Phone: 01 824 9930 Fax: 01 824 9928

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday 18th March 2015

Easter Break

The school will close on Friday 27 March April at 11.30am for the Easter Break. It will remain closed from Monday 30 March to Friday 10 April inclusive and will reopen on Monday 13 April.

Exiting the Building on Friday 27 March

For Health & Safety reasons, please note the following:

  • Infant children will exit the building at 11.30am on Friday.
  • As some of the senior classes use the same exit doors as the junior classes, the senior classes will not exit until approx. 11.40am.

Provisional School Opening Dates for September 2015

Monday 31 August – Senior Infants - 6th Class

Tuesday 01 September - Junior Infants 10.00-11.30am

SOW Day – 13 March

A huge “Go Raibh Míle Maith Agat” to everyone who took part in last Friday's SOW Day. It was great to see so many people coming to school on scooters, flickers and bicycles. The Green Schools Committee counted a total of 228 people who came to school on 2 or 3 wheels instead of 4! It would be safe to say that double that again travelled on foot and enjoyed the fresh air. Maith sibh go leir. A note for your diary: St. Patrick's will be having their COW day on Wednesday 17th June during National Bike Week (13th-21st June)

Ballet Ireland

Our first class pupils are participating in a programme of workshops in collaboration with Ballet Ireland’s outreach programme for National Schools. The final sessions are on Monday 23 March in the school hall. First Class Parents are welcome to attend and should enter via the Diswellstown (Tigers) Door only.

Ms. Ryan’s Class 9.30am-10.15am.
Ms. M McDermott’s Class 10.30am-11.15am.
Ms.English’s Class 11.15am-12.00noon.

School Payments

Our school uses the Aladdin software service for administrative purposes and the ePayment system will give you access from an internet browser on your computer, phone or tablet to make secure payments to the school using your credit or debit card. You will receive an email or text with your personal secure link for payment. We would ask that all future payments are made through this system, please do not send cash.

The purpose of the ePayment system is to facilitate the easier payment of “school money collections” for parent/guardians and to reduce the amount of cash and cheques being sent into our school in line with recent central bank directives. Badminton and Tennis should also be paid for using this method.

Junior “Sport for All” Day (Senior Infants – 2nd Class)

The Junior Sport for All Day (Senior Infants – 2nd Class) will take place, weather permitting, on Thursday 26 March. Children should wear their school tracksuit and suitable footwear. They should also bring an extra drink with them, along with their usual lunch. Here’s hoping for a dry day and lots of fun for everyone!

Senior “Sport for All” Day (3rd – 6th Class)

This will take place (weather permitting) on Thursday 23 April. Children should wear their school tracksuit and suitable footwear. They should also bring an extra drink with them along with their usual lunch. Here’s hoping for a dry day and lots of fun for everyone!

“Knock-out Trials” for School Santry Team - Cumann na mBunscol Athletics Championships NEW DATES ADDED!

Those selected for the team must be available for the championships (held at Morton Stadium in Santry) the last week in May and/or first week in June.

Friday 20th March U11 Boys from 2.15 - 3.00

Friday 27th March U11 Girls from 2.15 - 3.00

Thursday 16th April U12 Boys and Girls from 2.15 - 3.00

Friday17th April U13.5 Boys and Girls from 2.15 - 3.00

NOTE: All trials take place outdoors and are weather permitting. Trials may have to be cancelled at short notice if the ground is too wet. Please discuss pick-up/collection arrangements with your child. Children should line up in yard outside Diswellstown Door at 2.15 where they will be met by teacher. Also note that more dates/times will be added in order to prepare for the event. Children will be informed at school of any further arrangements and notices will appear in Newsletters.

Dublin 15 Cross Country League

A Reminder that the last local cross country meeting takes place on Tuesday 24th March at Porterstown. The first race starts at 11.30am. All spectators are welcome.

Suicide Awareness and Castleknock Celtic Joint Fundraising Initiative
On Saturday March 28th, Run/Walk the Castleknock mile in aid of Suicide Awareness, Dublin 15 and Castleknock Celtic All Weather Pitch. Entry is free. All Donations greatly appreciated. Time certificates for adults and treats for kids who complete it. Races start at 11.00 am and will take place every 30 minutes until 3pm. Please support these great causes.

Upcoming Events

03-26 March – Tuesdays/Thursday – Faith Friends (Groups assigned)

18 March – CCC Information Afternoon & Evening

24 March – Dublin 15 Cross Country League

24 March – Girls Gaelic Football – 3pm Somerton (Finish 4pm)

26 March - Junior “Sport for All” Day (Senior Infants – 2nd Class)
30 March -10 April – Easter Break – School Closed

14 April - Girls Gaelic Football – 3pm Somerton (Finish 4pm)

16 April – Confirmation Retreat (during school day)

16 April – Confirmation Service of Light 7pm St Mochta’s Church

23 April – Communion Parent Meeting 8pm St Mochta’s Parish Centre

23 April - Senior “Sport for All” Day (3rd – 6th Class)

12 May – Confirmation Ceremony11.00am

23 May – First Holy Communion Ceremony - Ms Marren’s Class

30 May – First Holy Communion Ceremony – Ms Barr & Ms C O’Reilly’s Classes

17 June – COW Day (Cycle on Wednesday )

Other Dates of Interest

04 June – CCC Induction Night for First Year 2015


Sick Children at School

Please do not send sick children to school for the following reasons:

  • Children are unable to cope with the demands of school when they are unwell.
  • Infection spreads rapidly in the confinement of the classroom.
  • There is no indoor supervision for sick children during breaktimes.
Extra Curricular Activities

All enquiries re Extra Curricular Activities should be directed to the activity organiser (see contact numbers on our website). Where the activity is organised by a staff member, please email info@stpatricksns.ie


Term 3 for 2nd and 3rd class basketball is now re-enrolling. The term will run from 14th April 2015 – 16th June 2015 (2.10 to 3.05 pm). It is a 10 week term. Please return the booking form as soon as possible directly to Ms C O’Reilly as there are still a large number of children on the waiting list and we would like to accommodate as many as possible.

DramaWorks Feis and Exams Times

The DramaWorks Festival of Poetry will take place on Wednesday 18th March in the Stageroom from 5pm – 6pm for all students – Junior Infants to sixth class. Parents and friends are invited and very much encouraged to attend the Festival. The Leinster School of Music and Drama Exams will take place for students from first class on Wednesday 25th March at the following times:

  • First, Second and Third Class: 2.10pm to 3.10pm
  • Fifth Class: 3.00pm to 4.00pm
  • Fourth Class and First Years: 3.30pm to 4.45pm

Castleknock Hurling & Football Club Easter Camp

Easter camp takes place this year during the first week of the school holidays, March 30th to April 3rd (10am to 2pm). Price is €50 for the standard camp born 2008 to 2002) and €30 for the nursery camp (born in 2009 and 2010). Application forms are available from website www.castleknock.net

FAI Soccer Sisters Easter Camp at St Patrick's

For girls aged 7 - 12 years. This will be run by qualified soccer coaches in Diswellstown Community Centre on Wed 1st, Thurs 2nd and Fri 3rd April from 10.00am - 1.00pm each day. The cost of the three day camp is €20 and includes an exclusive soccer jersey for each participant. Feedback from those girls who have attended Soccer Sisters in the past has been very positive. You can book online at www.fai.ie/soccersisters. For more info contact Martin Doyle 086 7700772 or email soccersisters@fai.ie

Castleknock Celtic Children’s Soccer Academy Easter Camp

Castleknock Celtic FC Easter Camp will run from 9.45pm-1.30pm on Monday 30 March to Thursday 02 April for children born 2003-2007. The cost is €65 if booked before 16 March, €75 thereafter. For more information and to book places, contact 083 4111721 or email info@castleknockceltic.com.

Also, Castleknock Celtic is inviting Children aged 4-7 years to come along to our Children’s Academy, 10am on Saturday Mornings. Learn soccer skills while having lots of fun.

Touch-type, Read and Spell is a computer based literacy course for children with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and other learning difficulties. This course runs locally in the following locations:

Luttrellstown Community College - Tuesday, 3.30–4.30 pm;

Castleknock Community College - Wednesday, 2.50-3.50pm and 3.55-4.55 pm.

New term commencing after Easter. To reserve a place, please contact Carol Pitcher on 087 2868910 for further details and a FREE TRIAL and discover how this course might benefit your child.